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Here are some players to target for Friday’s main 10-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
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StudKyle Lowry, TOR vs. WAS, $8,500 — Lowry is the first of many Raptors’ players I am going to be featuring today. Injuries have been an issue for this team all year and the latest players to go down are Norman Powell, Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam. All three are out indefinitely and Fred VanVleet ($7,700) is questionable to play after missing the last five games. With the Raptors so shorthanded, it seems like Lowry is going to have to step up and take over the offense for Toronto to stay afloat.
ValueLangston Galloway, DET at BOS, $3,300 — The Pistons’ injury report isn’t quite as ugly as the Wizards, but it isn’t great. Both Luke Kennard ($5,500) and Blake Griffin ($6,300) are listed as doubtful to play. Assuming Kennard is out, Galloway is likely to move into the starting unit. He’s had moderate success as a starter this season, averaging 18.3 DKFP in six starts, but what really draws me to Galloway is his potential playing time upside. The Pistons have played him as many as 40 minutes as a starter in competitive games.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Kennard and Griffin have been ruled out for tonight’s game.
StudBradley Beal, WAS at TOR, $9,100 — Even though the Raptors have a good defense, it stands to reason that their defensive efficiency is going to drop in a major way with Siakam and Gasol out. Even though Gasol hasn’t been a standout on offense this season, he anchors the Raptors’ defense. Toronto allows 7.5 more points per 100 possessions when Gasol isn’t on the court. Beal comes into today playing well with an average of 53.3 DKFP in his last three games.
ValueAlec Burks, GSW vs. NOR, $5,400 — Despite D’Angelo Russell returning, Burks’ production doesn’t appear to be impacted much. He’s scored at least 30 DKFP in four of his last five games, leading me to think he’s a bit underpriced. This is especially true when considering the quality of this matchup. The Pelicans are ranked 26th in defensive efficiency and play at the league’s fifth fastest pace.
StudDavis Bertans, WAS at TOR, $6,900 — As mentioned above, the Wizards are in a deceptively easy matchup because of all the injuries to the Raptors. The Wizards are dealing with their own injuries, creating a great opportunity for Bertans. He appears to be entrenched in the starting lineup for the time being, a role he’s averaging 39.3 DKFP in.
ValueRondae Hollis-Jefferson, TOR vs. WAS, $4,100 — One of the many Raptors we should consider rostering tonight, RHJ is certainly going to play expanded minutes due to all the Raptors’ injuries in the frontcourt. Generally, he plays well whenever given expanded minutes. Obviously, playing more minutes is going to lead to more fantasy production and we some data on Hollis-Jefferson getting extended run. In the 10 games he’s played at least 20 minutes, RHJ is averaging 25 DKFP. If you play in any yearly leagues and he’s on the waiver wire, pick this guy up before the Raptors’ game tonight.
StudKristaps Porzingis, DAL at PHI, $8,500 — Porzingis has stepped up for the Mavericks recently as he’s been forced to lead the offense because Doncic is injured. Porzingis has more than come through for fantasy players, scoring over 50 DKFP in both games Luka has missed, which shouldn’t come as a shock. When Doncic is off the court this season, Porzinigs has a 32.9% usage rating and scores 54 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueChris Boucher, TOR vs. WAS, $3,300 — Of all the Raptors’ value plays, Boucher is my favorite. If there was some weird rule change in DFS that only allowed us to roster one player from Toronto tonight, I would go with Boucher. Even if he doesn’t start, don’t fret. Boucher is in line for decent minutes even in a reserve role and he’s a monster per minute fantasy producer. He scores 1.13 DKFP per minute, meaning we only need him to play 15 minutes to be expected to return 5x his salary.
StudAndre Drummond, DET at BOS, $9,600 — Since it looks like Griffin and Kennard will both be out, the Pistons appear set to rely heavily on Drummond tonight. Their only hope in competing with the Celtics is a massive game from their All-Star center. After Drummond scored 52 DKFP last game, it looks like his avocado-induced eye issue is behind him. He’s scored over 50 DKFP in five of his last six games.
ValueGorgui Dieng, MIN at DEN, $4,900 — If you like injuries and value, this slate is certainly for you. The last injury I have to touch on for today is Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,800) is questionable to play with a strained knee. After he missed last game and Thursday’s practice, it seems that KAT is closer to sitting than playing. In the games he’s missed this season, Dieng has entered the starting lineup and returned great fantasy value. Dieng has made three starts and averaged 30 DKFP in those games.
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